Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an Attitude!

PinkOctober is breast cancer awareness month. Every year when October rolls around, I hear commercials, see pink ribbons, am asked to donate to the cause and know people that are participating in breast cancer events.

The money raised during the month of October comes rolling in-huge amounts of money. It is for a wonderful cause, but then I read about where the majority of the money goes…salaries to top executives, plush office space, overhead, etc. This really bothers me. What about the woman with cancer that can’t afford treatment? Or the woman that chooses to do Alternative Treatment and her insurance won’t cover the costs? Oh and the woman that had cancer and then her health insurance premium goes up every 6 months, until she can no longer afford the premium? I personally would rather help someone with cancer by paying a bill or buying her some organic groceries. Some of these charities are such a ripoff and those that truly need financial help often never see any.

Also, the whole ‘awareness month’ really bothers me. I am a 9 year survivor, my mother is a 29 year survivor and all three of her sisters had breast cancer and died. We’ve been tested and we don’t carry the gene! I’m not aware of breast cancer just during the awareness month. I’m aware of it everyday…when I look at myself in the mirror, when I’m showering or changing clothes, when I’m doing yard work and I must be careful not to injure my left hand or arm (to try to prevent lymphedema), when my lack of hormones is giving my body fits or when I pick up a grand child and they bump my still painful breast. Yes I’m aware, but much more often than the month of October!

There are many more cancers, not just breast cancer and we need research for them all. I personally believe that disease and cancer is caused by deficiencies in the body. If our body is getting all of the vitamins, minerals and essential fats needed it will be able to fight disease. Add clear air, proper hydration, remove the toxins and chemicals and the body should thrive.

I think cancer research is necessary and so is funding. There are some amazing things happening in Natural Medicine and in Integrative Medicine. Funding shouldn’t all go to Western Medicine research. It is time to look to the basics…back to the natural things that God provided us with, clean air, pure water, healthy organic nutrition and quality herbs. I’d like to see some trend setters make a bold contribution to research in the Natural Medicine arena.

Our food source needs to be cleaned up…no chemicals, toxins, growth hormones and no GMO’s. Some 160+ countries have banned GMO food and the United States is still allowing it and consuming it! Get this poison out of our grocery stores and out of our homes! Stop buying GMO food and non organic food and the grocery stores will be forced to stock the healthier choice. The consumer has the power to make them change. I am doing my part. I challenge you to do the same, for your health and your family’s health.

I am aware of cancer everyday. I am a survivor. I make healthy choices. By changing the air we breathe in our home, the water we drink, the food we purchase at the grocery store and have drop shipped to our home and the supplements we take, I know I am giving my body the best possible chance to be healthy and fight disease.

For me, pink represents health, living life to the fullest and survival. Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude! Wishing each of you optimal health. Are you up to the challenge?

From the heart!                                                                                                                         ~Kathy Burden

Don’t Put Vanilla On The Baby Chicks!

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Our Rhode Island Red hen sat dutifully on her eggs for a little over 21 days. Checking her and the eggs daily, we finally noticed one baby chick, popping her little head out from under the hen or her wing, as cute as she could be!  The next day there was a second one, just as cute. Several days went by, though, and no more hatched.  After Danny checked the remaining eggs and concluded they were not alive, we began to discuss how and where we could procure a few more baby chicks. Three days later, Danny brought 8 baby Rhode Island Reds home. I really had my heart set on something a little different, but that was all that was available. That night, Danny slipped the baby chicks under the hen, and the next morning she was the proud mama of 10!  After discarding the un-hatched eggs, all was well in the chicken coop.  Mama and babies were safely separated from the other hens and the rooster, of course, since they would kill the chicks.

When my neighbor asked if I wanted more chicks (more babies!), I went along for the ride to the feed store. As we arrived, a crowd was forming–the soon-to-arrive chicks were a hot commodity, I soon learned!  While waiting, we had time to share a lot of chicken and chick talk!  A 4-year-old was there to get 2 more chicks to join the 2 at home!  Also among the crowd was a high school FFA student, a mom there for her daughter, and several other adults, all anxiously awaiting  the special delivery. While we were trading stories and laughing about the diverse group of buyers, the pick-up truck pulled in, and the excitement exploded!  Our numbers were now being called, and finally it was my turn.  I excitedly made my selection–4 Buzzard Araucanas, 4 Black Australorps, and 2 Buffs or Goldens.  I think we were all happy to hear that the Purina specialist would be there in 2 days to answer any “chicken questions,” as we all headed home with our new baby chicks.

Preparing the chicks a place to “hang out” without a mama hen was then foremost on our minds. To keep them warm, we prepared a large box with a heat lamp, food and water. The babies settled in and were quite content for day-old chicks!

Back at the feed store on Saturday, we gathered around .the chicken specialist, a very cute and nice young college graduate.  When it was  turn for my question, I wanted to know how to integrate my new baby chicks with the hen and her other 10 babies. “Simple!” she said, “just put vanilla on the neck of the baby chicks, the hen and her baby chicks.”  That’s it?  “Make sure you have time to watch the hen to be sure she is accepting them and not trying to kill them.” I asked about waiting until night and she replied, “No, do it during daylight.”

OK, I had a plan.  On Sunday  Danny and I would both be home to carry it out!   I caught the baby chicks (did I mention they were living in my kitchen?), dutifully applied the vanilla on their necks, and put them in a basket to carry to their “introduction” to their new mama. Danny secured the hen and kept her out of sight, while I put vanilla on the necks of her 10 babies.  Next step–put the “kitchen chicks”  in with her chicks.

It was now time to introduce mama hen to her kitchen babies!  As Danny brought her back into the coop with the babies, I applied her own “vanilla treatment.”  As she walked around, she seemed to be counting the babies. (I had seen hens do this before, so wasn’t completely surprised).  Reaching the number 10, with still more to count, she appeared to get a little agitated. Repeating the “count,” she became really agitated, and began to attack the new little black and brown chicks.  And now, she began to flog me, as I was trying to catch the endangered ones!   I had read that a mother hen will flog you if you get near her “dittlers”–a colloquialism indigenous to rural Appalachia–but believe me, it can happen in Spring, Texas too!

The battle royal abated after I finally caught the 4 black and 4 brown chicks.  She seemed fine with the 2 little yellow chicks, so we decided it was safe to leave them in the coop with her. All continued to be well at each chick-check before bedtime, and the next morning we found her in the corner with most of her chicks happily nestled under her.  Noticing one yellow chick on the other side of the pen, I entered.  Alas!  Mama hen left her brood and started running at this baby chick, who started running for her life and chirping wildly.  Once again I braved the flogging of the hen as I frantically went to the chick’s rescue!  (The flogging doesn’t really hurt, but it’s definitely more than just unnerving)!  I was finally able to catch the chick and get her to safety.

Still at risk myself, I began to search for one more yellow baby chick that I realized was missing. I didn’t see her.  It was looking pretty grim. I stepped over the boards to get out of the pen and saw a little chick huddled down between the boards. Afraid of the worst, I reached down and picked up her cold little body–and she chirped!  She was cold, but still alive!  Away from the heat lamp and the warm mama hen, the 5-day old chick’s body temperature had dropped.

Hurrying them both into the house to re-join the other 8 chicks in the box with the heat lamp, I was relieved to see that they soon warmed up, ate and drank, and were on their way to recovery.  Unfortunately, one of the hen’s chicks was dead the next day. Not a mark on it, but I feel like the whole “vanilla experience” may have been just too much for this mama! Knowing that a hen can inflict a blow to the top of a chick’s head, killing it instantly, I believe that is probably what happened.

With the drama of the attempted introduction past, we were on our way with a new plan–to let well-enough alone!.  The hen’s first 2 chicks are now 4 weeks old, and the other 7 chicks were 3 weeks old yesterday. The 10 chicks in the kitchen will be 4 weeks old tomorrow. In a few weeks the hen will lose interest in being a mama, and we will put all 19 chicks in a pen alone, to bond and become a flock.

What a learning experience!. I believe the mama hen might have accepted the new baby chicks if we had left the eggs in place and put 2-4 chicks under her each night.  I can’t be sure, but I do know one thing I have learned well…”don’t put vanilla on the baby chicks!”

From the heart!                                                                                                               ~Kathy Burden

 

 

Is it Really About the Bunny?

599534_10200821660813673_923239029_nToday is Easter. Many children will hunt colored eggs and chocolate bunnies. It is so much fun to watch the “egg-hunters,” from toddlers to 4th-graders, at our local church. So many kids with an array of baskets of all sizes, waiting for the signal to start–then a mad dash to pick up as many eggs as they can. They are all so cute, and so excited about the egg hunt and their prize!

A couple of years ago, one of our “grandees” said, “This is the best candy day I’ve ever had!” Today, this kindergartener will tell you, “Jesus died on the cross and His blood covers our sins!” He knows Jesus is “the prize!”

A statement like that can snap you into reality very quickly. No, It’s not really about the bunny, not even the chocolate bunny. Easter is all about the cross and God’s precious gift–His only Son, who  shed His blood on a wooden cross so that our sins might be covered when we accept that gift. The crown of thorns image is a vivid reminder to me of the huge price that was paid for the gift of my salvation, and I am so grateful!

In the “health journey” on which God has led me, I speak often of being a breast cancer survivor.  I believe pure health involves mind, body and spirit, and through integrative medicine–Western medicine and natural medicine–I am now cancer free. What I haven’t mentioned before  is my diagnosis in 1971 of leukemia, by 3 different hospitals. With my white count in excess of 21-thousand, styrofoam-looking balls in my mouth and throat, jaundice, and an extremely swollen liver, the doctors took pictures for the medical students. My parents were told a bone marrow transplant the following day was necessary for my survival.

After my parents had put me on every prayer list they could, my dad told the doctors to run the tests again. After doing so, nine doctors surrounded my bed the following morning. The head hematologist announced to us, “We don’t know what happened, but you do not have leukemia.”

They may not have known, but my parents and I knew. The Great Physician had healed me. Although unknown to me then, my health journey really began that day. That was also the day  I was first struck by the assurance that God and I had a personal relationship, for this life, and for eternity.

We make many choices in life; some are good for us and some aren’t. My personal choice of  God’s precious gift, Jesus Christ (as my grandee would say, “the prize”), is truly the best one! (No, it’s not really about the bunny).

From the heart!
~Kathy Burden

Diapers and Degrees

The Catherine Ferguson Academy, a Detroit High School, is one of 4 High Schools in the US designated exclusively to high school mothers. babygradEach year nearly 400,000 babies are born to young women aged 15 to 19 years. For many of those young mothers finishing high school is not an option, let alone getting a college education. Jenna Bush Hager reports on one principal who is trying to change that.

http://www.today.com/video/today/49641114#49641114)

I am so impressed by the numbers of teenage moms graduating and going on to college, as well as by the additional help and guidance they receive regarding their children at the  Catherine Ferguson Academy, I will be donating a percentage of all products sold on my site.

From the heart!                                                                                                               ~Kathy Burden

 

 

Pure Health and Living

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Hens are sit-in!

ChickenOrganic gardening, raising chickens, composting, seasonal events, refurbishing, travel, as much fun in the sun as we can get…happy healthy family!

I live in Texas, in a suburb of Houston. We have about an acre…that I call an urban mini-farm. As I began my walk in cancer recovery, (my health journey), we had to change many things. Some of these were more difficult than others and some were really fun and enjoyable. This is about the latter.

First we got some chickens and fixed a hen house for the ‘girls’. Danny is the expert in this area. We’ve tried different breeds, different numbers in the flock and both with and without a rooster. All of these choices are simply that, choices. What might be right for us, might not fit your situation and your family. There really aren’t any mistakes, just choices. If one choice doesn’t work well, do things differently, until you hit upon the right combination. We’ve chosen to go with gentle breeds, Buff Orpingtons and Rhode Island Reds and right now we have a rooster. He has attempted to show me he is boss, once. I’m hopeful he won’t make that mistake again. Danny was ready to have chicken and dumplings, but I convinced him to give Peppy another chance!

The ‘girls’ have a slow-down in laying during the coldest part of winter and in the hottest part of summer. Spring has sprung and they are busy cackling and laying. A couple were ready to ‘sit’. We selected the larger lighter eggs to set as we have decided we like the Buffs better than the Rhode Island Reds. I’ve learned that the pointer the eggs, the more likely they will be little roosters, so round it will be! We gathered the eggs and rotated them two times a day until we had a hen ready to sit. As the hens start to go through a heat, we decide which ones to give the eggs to. We want the others to keep laying. We have a separate area in the chicken coop for the hens to sit on their eggs. In this area, once the chicks begin to hatch, the hens can teach them to scratch and drink without the other hens bothering them. After setting the eggs, we will have baby chicks in about 21 days.

Check back for updates on the Hen House.

From the heart!                                                                                                               ~Kathy Burden

Organic Gardening

Fresh Home Grown Salads and Beets

 

Another fun and oh so enjoyable thing we like to do, is plant an organic garden. It really is fun, especially as we enjoy the fruit and vegetables. I love to be outside in the pretty weather and we all need some sun for good old Vitamin D. We’ve planted in pots on the patio, in rows in the garden and in pots along the fence. There are many different options, mostly depending on how much space you have.

This Spring we have decided to plant in pots, in raised beds, and in a small ground patch. We’ve planted all organic plants and seeds. We have quite a variety including tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, celery, cilantro, squash, peas, jalapeños and strawberries. We also planted several trees, lime, orange and avocado. I’d still like to get an olive tree and a fig tree.

Check back and I’ll tell you how we prepared the beds.

From the Heart!                                                                                                              ~Kathy Burden

 

cancer Can Be a Very Scary Word!

breast cancer thumbTo hear the words ‘you have cancer’ can be extremely scary. The first thing I remember, after hearing my doctor say those words, was my brain on a run-away roller coaster ride! I immediately went into the survival mode and began searching the stored files in my brain for answers to the questions racing through my head.

I’ve now been cancer free for over 8+ years and have learned many things. I’ll share some of those with you, but first let me assure you that I will never let cancer be a capitalized word in my life again!

I set out to learn everything I could about optimal health and fighting disease. I chose the Western medicine approach, lumpectomy, radiation and Tamoxifen. The side effects from the surgery, radiation and Rx medication reeked havoc on my body. There were too many side effects to go into here, but I can share with you that some of them were painful and others were life-altering! I continued to research and study and finally referred to alternative medicine, by my cardiologist, to help with the side effects. Most were minimized or disappeared all together! God made the human body to heal itself. But we have to be treating our body with respect and supplying the things it needs. By implementing the information I learned about the 3 essential building blocks for optimal health – clean Air, alkaline Water and balanced beneficial (preferably organic) Nutrition, I was able to help my body be strong enough to fight disease.

I learned that cancer feeds on sugar and yeast. I also learned that cancer cannot survive in an alkaline body and thrives in an acidic body. This was a no-brainer for me…give up the sugar and yeast and drink higher pH alkaline water! I purchased a FreshAir Surround air purifier and a LivingWater alkalizing water machine. Then I started removing all of the toxins in our home. I purchased a LaundryPure and use cold water only and no detergent, bleach or fabric softener to clean our clothes!

I purchase some organic fruit and vegetables at local farmers markets and raise the rest on our urban mini farm. I raise free range hens that lay fresh eggs. I have organic green fed meat, dairy and chocolate delivered to our door from Beyond Organic. I also purchase toxic-free organic skin and body care products from Beyond Organic. I am a Mission Marketer with Beyond Organic and would like to share Jordan Rubin’s remarkable journey from sickness to health:

Life is good and I plan to live the rest of my time as healthy as I possibly can. I’ve learned how to purchase these and other health care products wholesale. I will share this information with you here under the Shop tab.

Another thing that I’d like to share is a site that helps people with many different illnesses and diseases, including cancer. www.NCRF.org and www.cellect.org                                                            Here you will find information and hundreds of testimonials…absolutely amazing stories of illness and disease being reversed!

From the heart!                                                                                                               ~Kathy Burden

The Amazing Lemon

High-quality photo ripe lemons on a white backgroundThis was shared with me through an e-mail, a story that was making its way around the internet.

I want to state that I drank lemon water while fighting cancer. I now have a competitively priced LivingWater that utilizes the advantages of Direct Disk Ionization Technology™ (DDI) to deliver great-tasting, ionized, alkaline water while using less energy than conventional plate units.

While some of the following information may be exaggerated, Snopes has a report on it, showing some truth.

I do know that cancer does not thrive in an alkaline body, and lemon juice becomes alkaline when ingested. It is one of many foods that promotes an alkaline body. Cancer likes an acid body.

http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/lemons.asp

Subject: The Amazing Lemon

All it is…. is a frozen lemon – Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted. How can you use the whole lemon without waste?

Simple… place the lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods.

Sprinkle it to your wine, vegetable salad, ice cream, soup, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes.

All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste, something that you may have never tasted before. Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore.

Now that you’ve learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in instant cup noodles.

What’s the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing waste and adding new taste to your dishes?

Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. And yes, that’s what you’ve been wasting.

But from now on, by following this simple procedure of freezing the whole lemon, then grating it on top of your dishes, you can consume all of those nutrients and get even healthier.

It’s also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic elements in the body.

So place your lemon in your freezer, and then grate it on your meal every day. It is a key to make your foods tastier and you get to live healthier and longer! That’s the lemon secret! Better late than NEVER! The surprising benefits of lemon!

Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits.

You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy. How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires large corporations?

As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes.

You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc. It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors.

This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates elevated blood pressure and an anti-depressant, combats stress and nervous disorders.

The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas…

The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells.

And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells.

See the Snopes link above…to balance some of the claims, and do your own research. But when all is said and done, the Lemon IS Amazing.

From the heart!                                                                                                               ~Kathy Burden

Hydration

livingwater_overviewHydration as I have learned from Dr. Batmanghelidj in his book, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water.

(I was asked to write an article on the importance of hydration. This is so important to our overall health and I want to do it justice. I am still working on it. Please check back.)

From the heart!                                                                   ~Kathy Burden